This concluding chapter builds on the individual chapters and adds a number of overarching topics to reflect upon. A number of developments in governance and society seem appropriate to take into account, including the involvement of different actors in the provision of public services. Ethical relativism is the view that ethical principles or judgements are relative to the individual or culture, and that it does not make sense, therefore, to pursue the goal of a universal ethics. Globalization can be defined as the opening up of international trade, foreign aid or reducing the sense of isolation. The study of global ethics is not, of course, limited to US and EU researchers and it would be informative to have a true global perspective on other issues. To explore unethical behaviour, fraud and corruption, but also virtues, good behaviour and how organizations can promote good government, seems crucial to progress in theory and practice on government and governance.
|Title of host publication||Ethics in Public Policy and Management|
|Subtitle of host publication||A Global Research Companion|
|Editors||Alan Lawton, Zeger van der Wal, Leo Huberts|
|Place of Publication||Abingdon UK|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
Lawton, A., Huberts, L., & Wal, Z. V. D. (2016). Towards a global ethics: wishful thinking or a strategic necessity? In A. Lawton, Z. van der Wal, & L. Huberts (Eds.), Ethics in Public Policy and Management: A Global Research Companion (1st ed., pp. 327-343). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315856865-18